There’s lots of really juicy stuff in this chapter, but I’m gonna go with the first few lines on this one. Keep it simple – for starters, we’ve got 79 more chapters to embrace the paradoxical weirdness of Taoism.
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
One of the main tenets of Taoism is the principle of just BE-ing. There is no good or bad, things just ARE. …at least until our thinkingthinkingthinking minds get a hold of them, then they start labeling stuff, deciding what’s good or bad, what should or shouldn’t be. That thinkingthinkingthinking mind really messes with our ability to just accept things and roll with whatever comes our way.
As soon as we view something as one way, we immediately trigger the existence of its opposite. This creates our dualistic reality of breaking apart into THIS and THAT instead of just letting stuff be whatever it is. We transcend this dualistic thought process when we stop judging, when we just let an experience happen, be in the moment, and move on to the next experience.
I remember going through a bit of a rough patch, my acupuncturist’s encouraging words: “just try and stay positive.” The stink-eye I gave him indicating I had no intentions of trying to be positive in this mess made him laugh and counter: “or not… that’s good too.” alluded to this non-judgement, non-duality.
So, if I may speak for the universe (and I’m already speaking for Taoism, so why not the whole frickin’ Universe); the Universe, if it could talk, would like to say:
“Hey man! don’t judge me!”